A mountain bike event like Lesotho Sky does not get organised overnight. It takes a few Basotho villages to accomplish and set up Africa’s top MTB stage race. We have to appreciate the effort it takes to make this event happen each year. Introducing Lesotho Sky’s finest, the clan.

Christian Schmidt

Managing Director & Founder

Christian completed his primary school in Lesotho and continued schooling in Germany and South Africa. A strong propensity to adventure and his inclination to invest in the mother continent have recently brought him back from London to Cape Town. One of his childhood memories is cruising through Lesotho on a BMX bike and it is his passion for riding that led him to the Lesotho Sky. He holds an Honours Degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town. Changing the world by means of his own ideas, he is the proud founder of this event.

Darol Howes

Race Director & Founder

Darol loves mountain biking, canoeing, surfing and anything else that gets him outside with the potential of a crash to tell his mates about. He has completed 2 cape epics, many canoe marathons and many, many other events. To complicate his interests he is type 1 diabetic and writes a blog ( to inspire and inform other diabetics that the disease is no obstacle. Apart from that he is a qualified Mechatronic engineer. An apparently versatile degree, particularly if you are into organising mountain biking events…

The Lesotho Sky POHO Bell is the ultimate award at the Lesotho Sky stage race, you will feel bullish on any singletrack with this trophy behind your name. All that is required is that you complete 3 Lesotho Sky events. That’s +- 1000km with +-27000m of ascent in the #MountainBikeKingdom. No small feat, and one that deserves respect. This is only fitting as “Poho” means “Bull” in Sesotho.

Here are the elite, highly decelerated and well respected men and woman of the #mountainbikekingdom; The Lesotho Sky POHO

Phetetso Monese
Teboho Khantsi
Tseko Shelile
Lechesa Tohlang
Malefetsane Lesofe
Paseka Makhebesela
Jonase Machere
Marc Adam
Ntili Lethusang
Sello Moerane
Thabo Mochokocho
McGregor Lebesa
Tumelo Makae
Fourie Rossouw
Nicholas Webb
Kylie Hanekom
Chris Nieuwoudt
Anton Simpson
Dylan Chilcott
Teboho Lenyora
Markus Chiappori
Robbie Powell
Michel De Clippel
Craig Fussell
Alvin Hirner
Thabo Ntloki
Stian Van Blerk
Charles Mansfield
Tumisang Taabe